Barcelona has long been one of the most important destinations for sports development; perhaps following the successful Olympics of 1992.  Since then many of the world’s future sports stars have come here as juniors to develop their abilities with some of the best academies and professional coaches in the world.  The special Mediterranean ‘microclimate’ certainly facilitates the right conditions with very mild and stable temperatures all year round.  

 

The British College of Gavá works with several professional sports academies in order to provide a high quality education for athletes to complement the high quality sports provision.  The philosophy is very much that education and sport go ‘hand in hand’ with equal importance.  

 

The British College of Gavá has a special adapted timetable in the Secondary School to take into account it’s sports performers.  Owing to the pressures of their sports commitments, athletes take on a reduced timetable in school; the exact number of hours varies from sport to sport.  In order to guarantee quality of education for all, athletes and non-athletes, the school schedules in core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Spanish within ‘athlete’s hours’.  This way the athletes receive full coverage of the most important subject areas while other students don’t suffer from athletes ‘dropping in and out’ of lessons, disrupting the rhythm of the class.  

 

Welfare of athletes is taken very seriously at the British College of Gavá.  It is clear that the dual programme is very demanding and as such athlete’s wellbeing, from an academic but also from a personal perspective, is monitored carefully.  The school liaises with partner academies closely and works to adapt programmes according to actual needs.  

 

Sample Timetable – Year 9 timetable for elite tennis performers 2017/18

 

Timetable Year 9 View/download